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Speech and Language Therapy (MSc)

Course Description

This course is for students who wish to qualify as speech and language therapists.

This course is for students who wish to qualify as speech and language therapists. It is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and recognised by the Royal College for Speech and Language Therapists. Once you graduate, you can apply for professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and go on to work as a speech and language therapist.

As a Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) student, you will benefit directly from our world-class research into subjects, such as linguistics, language development, language pathology, and bilingualism. You will also be able to take advantage of our in-house speech and language therapy clinic, observational facilities, speech research laboratory and new sound recording room. We are amongst the first departments in the UK to host NHS clinics in our purpose-built speech and language therapy facility on site.

This course combines theoretical knowledge with clinical practice and you will gain hands-on experience right from the start. For example during our "Child Development Assignment", which is unique to Reading, you will be assigned a baby and will organise bimonthly home visits with the parents in order to observe her development. This will allow you to observe how a typically developing child develops, and enable you to develop your professional skills.

The course is taught by specialists, including speech and language therapists, clinical linguists, psychologists and medical consultants. You will get an introduction to clinical linguistics, language pathology, psychology and medical subjects, and your clinical practice will commence within the first week of the course.

Further on in the degree you will focus on clinically related topics that cover the nature, treatment and management of communication disorders and disorders of eating and drinking (dysphagia). You will also get the opportunity to spend a substantial amount of time on clinical practice and this work is supported by clinical tutorials.

The values of the course are aligned with those set out in the NHS Constitution.

The Clinical Language Sciences department is committed to providing an excellent quality service, demonstrating compassion and dignity, care and respect to our patients, students and colleagues whilst embracing equality and diversity. We achieve this by clarity of communication and reflecting courage and integrity in all areas of our work, supported by our knowledge, competence and innovation.


You will have the opportunity to carry out both weekly and block placements through this course. These take place in a large range of clinical settings, including at NHS organisations, private clinics and schools. Placements are organised by our in-house team and are carefully selected in order to give you the opportunity to work alongside enthusiastic professionals in a well-supported environment.

You will have the opportunity to work with a wide of range of children and adults, and develop your communication, clinical and research skills within professional settings.

By the end of the degree you will have amassed around 600 hours' experience in observing and treating patients with communication and swallowing problems. This is well above the number required by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/speech-and-language-therapy-pg/msc-speech-and-language-therapy.aspx

Modules include:

• Advanced Professional Development
• Communication impairment 1, 2, 3
• Clinical phonetics & phonology
• Clinical Practice 1, 2
• Disorders of fluency
• Foundations of grammar
• Medicine 1, 2
• Multilingualism and Impairment Across the Lifespan
• Oropharangeal Dysphagia
• Personality and social psychology
• Phonetics and Phonology
• Research and Dissertation
• Typical and Atypical Development 1, 2

What career can you have?

Our MSc in Speech & Language Therapy allows graduates to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council and work as a speech and language therapist in a range of settings, such as the NHS, education, and the private or voluntary sector.

Speech and language therapists work with adults and children with a range of communication and swallowing difficulties, including children with speech and language disorders, children with a cleft palate, clients with voice disorders, clients who have had strokes or head injuries, or those who stammer. Some therapists work in hospitals, some work in community health centres, some work in schools or specialist centres.

Some speech and language therapists may decide to move into research or postgraduate study.


Language is at the heart of human life; study a subject crucial to our understanding of ourselves as individuals, as members of society, and as a species.

At the University of Reading we offer you the opportunity to study all three aspects of this most complex form of human behaviour.

A purpose-built NHS speech and language clinic on campus means that you can access first-class observational facilities, a well-equipped speech research laboratory and a new sound recording room. We are closely associated with the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics and the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism. These provide state-of-the-art facilities including eye-tracking, EER, fMRI and TMS, and a rich multidisciplinary research environment.

Excellent teaching informed by cutting-edge research, with over 85 per cent of our research submission judged to be of international standing in the last Research Assessment Exercise.

Excellent and varied placement opportunities thanks both to our close relationship with local speech and language therapy services and to the fact that a large proportion of our staff are qualified and practising speech and language therapists.

Highly relevant courses for your future career. Our MSc Speech and Language Therapy course is recognised by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Visit the Speech and Language Therapy (MSc) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to have an upper second or first-class honours degree in a related field such as linguistics, psychology, medical sciences or education. Evidence of recent study is normally required if the first degree was completed more than four years previously.

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